He beat British Transport Police chief constable Ian Johnston and Cambridgeshire Police Chief Julie Spence in a ballot of senior officers across Britain.
Which is, I'm sure you'll agree, an interesting way of choosing the new chief executive of a commercial enterprise.
Sir Hugh said: "I believe that UK policing is strongest when it is professional, operationally independent, and based on trust and accountability.
"Above all, our decisions should be tested against the reason for which we all joined policing: the protection of the public."
Oh, look: a flying pig.
As it were.